Introducing Vahid—Baha’i-Inspired Literary Magazine

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Happy Naw-Rúz to everyone—it’s the Baha’i New Year.

This year marks an historical moment in the Baha’i world. As of today, Baha’is of the east and west will observe the same Baha’i calendar. You can read more about the change in this letter from the Universal House of Justice.

Photographers from around the world share their art at Nineteen Months each Baha’i month—and consequently we spend a lot of time thinking about calendars.

So when we learned that this year would mark the unification of the Baha’i calendar, we wanted to share something a little different. This Naw-Rúz is the close of the 9th Vahid and the beginning of a new era in which Baha’is from around the world will count time by the hand of the same clock, so to speak.

Mindful of the past and joyful for the future, a small group of artists offers a small token to mark the occasion: Vahid magazine.

Vahid magazine cover

Painting: Kimia Ferdowsi Kline / Design: Lindsay McComb

Vahid is an Arabic word that means unity. But it’s also a measure of time—19 years—in the Baha’i calendar. And it’s the name of this small literary magazine, filled with poems, stories, and art.

We’ve made Vahid available to anyone who might want it; you can download it for free at the link. If you prefer to have a copy printed on demand and mailed to you, you can buy it at MagCloud.com for cost—that means we’re selling the magazine for exactly the price it costs to print—and we’re not making money from the sales.

DOWNLOAD VAHID MAGAZINE

Here’s a sneak peek of what you’ll find inside:

He simply got on his donkey one night and slipped out beyond the narrow lanes amid the shadow of minarets, and made his way into the wild darkness. At that moment he became a moth defying the wind, making a slow and dizzy flight toward a distant flame. When he returned a year later, he was a different person.

—excerpt from Everything Behind Us Is A Dream by Bahhaj Taherzadeh

To read this entire story—and enjoy all the other art and literature—download a copy of Vahid.

DOWNLOAD VAHID MAGAZINE

We hope you enjoy our modest artistic offering and wish you a Happy Naw-Rúz!

Update: Vahid Issue 2 is now available here.

UPDATE: To learn how you can submit to a future issue of Vahid, click here.

Caitlin is the Writing Editor at Nineteen Months, and makes her way in the world as a web editor and social media specialist. She has contributed to projects for Baha’i Publishing Trust, and her work has been published literary magazines like Chiron Review, The Journal of Baha’i Studies, and others. She is the founding editor of Vahid, a NM literary magazine currently seeking submissions. She lives in New York with her husband, and a cat whose namesake is a Chevy sedan.

12 Comments

  1. George

    20 March, 2015 at 4:42 pm

    Nicely-written post. Congrats and good luck on the new mag. Happy Naw-Ruz!

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  3. Guðrún Erla Bjarnadóttir

    21 March, 2015 at 12:11 pm

    Congratulations! Happy Naw-Rúz. Greetings from Iceland!

  4. Amar Wali

    21 March, 2015 at 12:16 pm

    Wish you the very Best for publishing Vahid magazine. Pray all the success for the lauch of this magazine and all friends benefit from the information and draw inspiration from it. Best Wishes, Amar Wali.

  5. Klaus Langkilde

    22 March, 2015 at 6:40 am

    I like your magazine. Will subscribe and download. Best of luck.

  6. Bonnie Tozer

    22 March, 2015 at 9:50 am

    Thank you!

  7. Diana Bliss

    22 March, 2015 at 3:49 pm

    I would like to know how to submit to future issues but I can’t find a site or address. Could you please post one?

  8. Caitlin Castelaz

    22 March, 2015 at 5:08 pm

    Diana, would love to invite you to submit! We will post a call for submissions for Issue 2 here at Nineteen Months (and Facebook) very soon.

  9. Vahid Oloro

    23 March, 2015 at 8:10 am

    Wonderful news indeed and great magazine!

  10. Namuli Kasifa Castera

    24 March, 2015 at 2:28 pm

    So excited to be part of this family.

  11. Mahabat Mahabat

    24 March, 2015 at 3:29 pm

    Congratulations. This is terrific – having an international magazine. Will be great to get news from around the world. You are assured of success. Keep up the good work.

  12. Robert MIchell

    29 March, 2015 at 5:26 pm

    A terrific effort. Yay!
    We need a lot more of this
    exceptional effort and talent.

    Robert
    (Montreal, poet, song-writer)